Best-seller Queried
Han Han, one of China's most renowned young writers, files a lawsuit against Fang Zhouzi, who claims that some of Han's novels are written by ghostwriters
Farmer Singer
Zhu Zhiwen, a farmer in Shandong Province good at singing, is invited to perform at the 2012 Spring Festival Gala of China Central Television, a popular TV variety show on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year
Agricultural Incentives
Chinese authorities issues their first policy document for 2012, underscoring the importance of scientific and technological innovation for sustained agricultural growth
Food Standards
China will overhaul its current food safety standards, integrating new specifications and weeding out others in a move largely aimed at avoiding repetition and contradiction

"The Chinese Government is greatly concerned about the safety of the Chinese workers, and an emergency mechanism has been activated for the rescue of the workers."

Qiu Xuejun, head of the Chinese working group sent to Sudan to help rescue Chinese workers who are missing or being held hostage after an attack on a Chinese company camp in South Kordofan State, speaking to the press in Khartoum on January 31

"We firmly oppose the use of force to resolve the Syrian issue, firmly oppose the practice of pushing through 'regime change,' which violates the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the basic norms governing the international relations."

Li Baodong, Chinese permanent representative to the UN, speaking at an open meeting of the UN Security Council on the current situation of Syria on January 31

"This represents a major step forward toward closer and irrevocable fiscal and economic integration and stronger governance in the euro area. It will significantly bolster the outlook for fiscal sustainability and euro area sovereign debt and enhance growth."

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, commenting on a new fiscal treaty finalized by EU leaders at the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, on January 30

"The labor market is showing no sign of falling into hibernation, while actually it remains very robust."

German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler, commenting on data showing the unemployment rate in the country is down to 6.7 percent from 6.8 percent in last December, a record low since the country's unification 20 years ago

Chinese Peking Opera actress Wang Yi acknowledges the applause after performing at the opening of the Chinese Culture Year in Germany in Berlin on January 31 (MA NING)
A customer admires a root carving in a shop in Jian'ou, Fujian Province, on January 31. The city, China's major supplier of root carvings, has more than 290 factories and 16,000 workers engaged in the industry (ZHANG GUOJUN)
Chinese workers who fled an attack on their camp in Sudan's South Kordofan State arrive in Khartoum on January 30. Twenty-nine Chinese nationals were reportedly held hostage by rebels. The Chinese Government has dispatched a working group to Sudan to aid the rescue mission (SHAO JIE)
China's leading agricultural scientist Yuan Longping is presented the 2011 Mahathir Science Award in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on January 31, for his contribution to the development of hybrid rice (XINHUA)
LABOR SHORTFALL A job seeker looks at recruitment boards at a job fair in Qingdao, Shandong Province. A number of enterprises in east China are facing difficulties hiring enough workers due to labor shortages (LI ZIHENG)
BRIDGING NANJING Construction on the Nanjing Yangtze River No. 4 Bridge is accelerating. The bridge, built at a cost of 6.86 billion yuan, is scheduled to come into use by the end of this year (SUN CAN)
Record Breaker
Chinese speed skater Yu Jing breaks the Women's 500-meter world record at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Calgary, Canada
PMI Bounces Back
China's Purchasing Managers Index, rebounds to 50.5 percent in January 2012 from 50.3 percent in December 2011
Property Loans Down
Banks in China extends 1.26 trillion yuan of property loans in 2011, a decrease of 770.4 billion yuan from a year earlier
Auto Industry: Long Way to Go
China's auto market is getting into full swing, but problems still need to be properly addressed
Festive Shopping
Retail spending shots up as Chinese consumers open up their wallets during the Spring Festival holiday. Traditional festival goods, including food, fireworks, jewelry, clothing and household appliances, all witness soaring sales
Eyeing China
China's industrial upgrade creates a huge demand for advanced materials, and this means huge business potential for Huntsman AdMat, a leading global manufacturer of epoxy adhesives, aerospace composites and electrical insulating materials
    Indian President Prathibha Patil pays homage at Raj Ghat, the memorial for India's founding father Mohandas Gandhi, in New Delhi on January 30, the 64th anniversary of Gandhi's assassination (XINHUA/AFP)
    Job hunters wait in line at an employment office in suburban Madrid on January 27 as the jobless numbers in Spain hit 5.27 million in the final quarter of last year (XINHUA/AFP)
    Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba (right) attends an agreement signing ceremony with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Tokyo on January 28. The two ministers said Japan and Russia need to address disputes over islands off northeastern Japan in a calm manner (XINHUA/AFP)
    Mexican soldiers burn marijuana plants at a field in Sinaloa State on January 30 as part of an operation to fight drug crime (XINHUA/AFP)
    Baby elephant Ludwig (center) explores his enclosure on February 1 in a Munich zoo. Ludwig was born in the zoo in May last year (XINHUA/AFP)
    Police struggle to contain a riot at a stadium in Port Said on February 1. The riot, which followed a football match, left more than 70 people dead (XINHUA)
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